Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the fifth annual Copper Cylinder Award. The Copper Cylinder Award is an annual award for Canadian literature of the fantastic, selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society for books published during the previous year. It derives its name from what is considered the first Canadian scientific romance, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, by James De Mille (1833-1880). The winner of the 2016 Copper Cylinder Adult Award is Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris). The winner of the 2016 Copper Cylinder Young Adult Award is An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet (Scholastic Canada). For additional information about the Copper Cylinder Awards, Sunburst Award Society membership, and the voting process, visit the website:  http://coppercylinderaward.ca

Media Literacy Week: October 31 – November 4

This year’s theme is Makers & Creators and focuses on all the ways young Canadians can become more creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial by embracing media production, remixing, maker, and DIY culture and coding. Find more information at http://www.medialiteracyweek.ca/ and follow along with #MedLitWeek.


The Canadian Women’s Foundation and advertising agency Havas have joined forces to help strengthen girls’ confidence through #GirlPowered, a national campaign that empowers girls to challenge limiting stereotypes and sexist messages in advertising by using their voices. This campaign was created on the premise that every day girls are faced with advertising telling them how to think, dress and act. These constant reminders can affect their mental health – girls aged 9 to 13 experience a sharp decline in confidence and higher rates of depression than younger girls. The campaign features a powerful video of several girls creating a #GirlPowered message and having it displayed to their surprise in real-time on a jumbo screen in Yonge-Dundas Square. To ensure that other girls have the same experience, young women across Canada can go to girlpowered.ca and create their own positive #GirlPowered message and share it on social media. Seeing these words amplified to the world demonstrates that each girl’s voice matters.

Friday, 7 October 2016

National Principals' Month

The Learning Partnership has announced October as National Principals' Month in Canada to recognize and raise awareness about the vital role of principals in public schools and communities across Canada. You can share your stories and join the conversation online with the #OutstandingPrincipals hashtag. You can also nominate a principal to be honoured as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals, the only nationally recognized award and executive leadership training program for principals in Canada.

Kids Write 4 Kids Call for Entries

Is your child sharing stories on Instagram, Musical.ly or Snap Chat? Do they write outlandish stories for classroom assignments that bring tears to your eyes? Kids Write 4 Kids is seeking children in grades 4 – 8, who have an interest in sharing tales of adventures, travel or something that makes them giggle. Kids Write 4 Kids is an annual writing challenge that provides winner(s) with the opportunity to be a published author before high school. In addition to author fame, the annual proceeds from book sales are donated to that year's winners' schools. School(s) are also provided with the option of selling their author’s book for fundraising. Winner(s) will have an opportunity to take part in the following year’s judging panel. As of 2016, Kids Write 4 Kids has published ten winning titles from youth authors across Canada. These books are available in the Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Find out more about the contest and published titles at www.ripplepublishing.ca or email info@ripplepublishing.ca.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

2016 Gunter History Awards

The Canadian War Museum and the Friends of the Canadian War Museum have awarded the Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Award to five high school seniors in Canada for their outstanding works of art and scholarship on the theme of ordinary people in extraordinary times. Judged by a multidisciplinary committee, the annual awards are open to all graduating high school seniors and carry a $1000 cash prize for each of the winners. This year’s entries explored how the experience of war has changed someone’s life. The 2016 laureates are:
  •   Connor B. Hawes of Grand Forks Secondary School in Grand Forks, BC for his essay “Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times”;
  •    Alexa Ishikawa of Centennial Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC for her video Paper Cranes”;
  •   Chantelle Masterson of Fredericton High School in Fredericton, NB for her artwork entitled “Great Uncle Merle”;
  •   Eric Shepphard of Etobicoke School of the Arts in Oakville, ON for his essay “Every Soldier has a Story”;
  •   Gaurav Varshneya of Magee Secondary School in Vancouver, BC for his video  “Operation: White Dove.”
The winning entries are posted at: warmuseum.ca/education/programs/the-colonel-douglas-h-gunter-award. The call for submissions for the 2017 Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards will begin in September 2016. 

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

CST Inspired Minds Learning Project

The CST Inspired Minds Learning Project has announced its 2016 winners. The CST Learning Project is a competition hosted by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation as part of the CST Inspired Minds project, which also includes Careers 2030, a digital job fair for the future. The annual competition awards a total of up to $250,000 in prizes to not-for-profit organizations with ideas that advance children's learning in communities across Canada. The winners represent the top six innovative learning ideas in Canada chosen from more than 270 submissions from communities and organizations across the country.

The $100,000 grand prize winning project, "Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants!" sends students on adventures to explore ocean floors or mountain ranges without leaving their desks through the use of technology. It also gives back to the scientists and explorers to continue their research. Other innovative ideas include a group of Ontario teens who are creating a new way to teach children with vision loss how to read. Another empowers youth in British Columbia with hands-on experience and knowledge of local agriculture. To read about this year’s winners and for more information, go to: learningproject.cst.org

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Grants

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation offers grants to deserving school libraries as a means to break the cycle of dwindling bookshelves caused by inadequate funding. As a result of this year's literacy grants, twenty-five high-needs elementary schools across Canada will benefit from the Foundation's $1.5 million annual grant commitment. To see which schools received grants in 2016 and to download an application for the 2017 grants, visit: loveofreading.org.

Baby Mammoth at the Royal BC Museum

A 40,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth, the best-preserved specimen in existence, will take centre stage during the Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age exhibition from June 3 to December 31 at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. Lyuba (pronounced Lee-OO-bah) is the world’s most complete mammoth. Her remarkable discovery in the frozen soil of the Arctic in 2007 by a Siberian reindeer herder made immediate international headlines. This will be the first opportunity to the see the baby mammoth in Canada. Lyuba is on loan from the Shemanovskiy Yamal-Nenets District Museum and Exhibition Complex in northern Siberia, Russia.  royalmuseum.bc.ca

Sexual and Gender Minorities Resource

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) has released a new resource guide entitled Sexual and Gender Minorities in Canadian Education and Society 1969-2013 – A National Handbook for K-12 Educators. This unique resource, which results from years of research by Drs. AndrĂ© P. Grace and Kristopher Wells, gives a detailed picture of where things stand for SGMs and lists many helpful resources for educators. The Handbook allows for a better understanding of the challenges facing SGMs and Canadian society in general, while promoting equity and diversity in education. The handbook is now available from CTF’s e-catalogue: http://publications.ctf-fce.ca/en/.